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- Posted on Oct 21st 2009 11:30AM by Steve Baltin
Those are going to be very reassuring words for Springsteen devotees, as every show now has fans wondering is this the last time they'll get to see them, and Clemons admits he's had similar fears. In his autobiography, he writes of tearfully taking Springsteen's hand after the farewell show of the 'Rising' tour in 2003 and saying, "Thanks ... for everything."
The book, the first from a member of the band, details some humorous stories in the 30-plus years of being an E Streeter, including a 1973 traffic stop where Clemons, who had a joint on him, was terrified of Springsteen and his "no drugs" policy. He also recalls getting a hug from Ringo Starr, another guy who knows about legendary groups disbanding, when Springsteen put the group on extended hiatus in 1989.
While the book does offer some rock star stories -- including the availability of sex, which Clemons says was actually too much, and some occasional Hollywood partying, like getting stoned with 'Sanford & Son' star Redd Foxx -- Clemons isn't looking to spill the beans on his famous frontman. "'Tell-all books are boring,'' Clemons told the Morning Call ''What you did, nobody wants to know about it, unless you did something exciting. I'm an entertainer, and this book is very entertaining, I think.''
He does address his own health problems, like knee replacement surgery and a mild heart attack, but Clemons assures fans he is not ready to call it quits. "I call the stage 'the healing floor,' because I walk out there and nothing hurts, nothing bothers me for the three hours,'' he said before addressing fallen E Street comrade Danny Federici, who passed away last year of cancer. According to the interview, Clemons says Federici's passing helped the band to realize the importance of caring for themselves, "because this is a big responsibility that we have as a band, to our fans.''
'Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales' is available now.